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Briefs: Art show results, upcoming auditions

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 12:01 am

Art show results

The Fort Wayne Artists Guild announces the winners of its Members Show, which was held recently at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2417 Getz Road. The exhibit is open to the public and will run through Sunday.

Winners are:

•Oils/Acrylics: First, Stacia Alexander; Second, Harold Engle; Third, Robert Vegelar

•Watercolors: First, Wiletta Blevens; Second, Marilyn Umber; Third, Nancy Longmate

•Open Media: First, Linda Binek; Second, Cherie Droege; Third, Douglas Runyan

For more information, call 432-1524.

Youtheatre auditions

Fort Wayne Youtheatre will hold auditions for “Snow Queen” and “Oliver!” during an audition workshop 4-6 p.m. Nov. 6-7 at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. Persons ages 7 and up will do some unprepared reading and easy movement. Anyone interested in auditioning for “Oliver!” needs to prepare a verse of song.

For more information, call 422-6900 or email Leslie@fortwayneyoutheatre.org.

Grand Effect audition

Grand Effect Productions will hold auditions for the musical “O Holy Night” at 3-6 p.m. Nov. 4 at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits, 1915 S. Calhoun St. Actors of all ages and races are welcome to audition. No experience necessary.

In addition, backstage helpers, including an assistant director, costumers, makeup and hair artists, sound and lighting technicians, and a stage manager, are needed.

For more information, call Paul Allen at 579-6277.

Pepsi Coliseum farewell

The Indiana State Fair Commission will hold an open house 10 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Pepsi Coliseum at the state fairgrounds off 38th Street at Fall Creek Parkway. People can tour the 73 year-old building before it closes for a complete interior renovation.

Fairgrounds staff will provide guided tours of the building every 20 minutes, a news release said. Visitors also can go through the facility on their own to reminisce and take photos.

Pepsi Coliseum “has hosted presidents, legendary musical acts and the Indiana Pacers during their glory days in the ABA, and we want to give people one last opportunity to relive those special memories before it gets a complete interior makeover,” State Fairgrounds Executive Director Cindy Hoye said in the news release.

Built as part of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration program, the venue opened in 1939, it says on the Indiana State Fairgrounds website, www.in.gov/statefair/fairgrounds. Noted leaders and celebrities who have spoken or performed there include the only Indiana performance by The Beatles.

A brief, private “Lights Out” ceremony will be held Friday night after conclusion of the National FFA rodeo, which is the last official event in the building, a news release said. The building's renovation is scheduled to be completed in July 2014 in time for state fair, the fairgrounds' website says. The renovation is part of a $63 million project that includes building an adjoining arena to allow for simultaneous public events.